“‘Gaza in Context’ Film Takes Aim At Media Coverage of 2014 Gaza Attacks”

‘Gaza in Context’ Film Takes Aim At Media Coverage of 2014 Gaza Attacks


ED Noor: Gaza in Context offers a comprehensive teaching guide. To study this film in depth with full script and educational content, please head over to this page. The screen capture above says so much about the uneven treatment given to the inhabitants of Palestine.

By Noura Erakat and Tareq Radi

In the summer 2014, Israel launched its most devastating offensive on the besieged Gaza Strip to date. It sealed the perimeters, expanded the buffer zones, concentrated the already dense population, and launched six thousand airstrikes and fifty thousand artillery shells in an air and ground offensive that lasted for fifty-one days.

The register of death and destruction was harrowing and included the killing of 2,251 Palestinians, including 551 children; the complete or severe destruction of eighteen thousand homes; the forcible displacement of one hundred thousand Palestinians, and untold trauma that has left more than three hundred thousand children in need of psycho-social treatment.

Palestinian forces killed seventy-two Israelis, six of whom were civilians. As Palestinian doctors struggled to treat the injured in under-sourced hospitals vulnerable to attack, Israel’s military industry boomed. Three hundred employees of one company, Israel Military Industries, worked twenty-four hours shifts for four weeks, to ensure that the Israeli Army would have a sufficient arsenal. One company CEO explained, that “After every campaign of the kind that is now taking place in Gaza, we see an increase in the number of customers from abroad…” because they can market their weapons as “battle-tested’.”

Indeed, Gaza’s captive population has become a laboratory for means and methods of warfare.

Israel used disproportionate fire power on a civilian population in Gaza, 2014 summer, committing every war crime in the book. From illegal weapons testing to human shields.

Despite the imbalance of military force, as well as the structural violence of siege, media narratives of victimhood and survival were exclusively reserved for Israel and Israelis. The harshest critique of Israel’s unparalleled use of force was that it was “too much” or “excessive” implicitly suggesting that the colonial relationship between Israel and its captive subjects is normal; the realm of abnormality was reserved for Palestinians who used crude weapons to challenge their condition.

The de-historicization of the Gaza Strip and its severance from the rest of the question of Palestine functions as another site of violence, one that perpetuates colonial subjugation and all but ensures a repeat of the kinetic warfare necessary to maintain it.

This pedagogical compendium, in combination with the short narrative documentary film Gaza in Context, uses Operation Protection Edge to demonstrate the temporal and spatial continuity of Israel’s settler-colonial policies across Israel and the Occupied Territories in order to disrupt the language of exceptionalism surrounding Gaza today. The volume scrutinizes Israeli settler-colonialism through a multi-disciplinary lens including history, law, development, political economy, and gender across Israel’s singular jurisdiction extending from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River.

While the scope of Israeli force deployed during Operation Protective Edge is unprecedented, warfare is not. The summer 2014 offensive was the eighth attack on the coastal enclave since unilateral disengagement in 2005 and the twenty-second attack since the exchange of letters between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President George W. Bush in April 2004.

In her contribution, originally published in The Nation, Noura Erakat surveys Israel’s aggressions towards Gaza and concludes that warfare is systemic, longstanding, and is an extension of Israel’s broader policy towards all Palestinians.

This policy is guided by two principles:

1) To obtain the maximum amount of Palestinian land with the minimum number of Palestinian people; and
2) To concentrate a maximum number of Palestinians onto a minimum amount of land.

ED Noor: Gaza stat: 1.8 M Palestinians of which 1.4 are homeless
Through this analysis, Erakat resituates the question of the Gaza Strip within a framework of settler colonialism that helps put the rest of the pieces within this publication in conversation with one other.

ED Noor: In the immortal (and immoral) words of Ariel Sharon:

“We’ll make a pastrami sandwich of them, … we’ll insert a strip of Jewish settlements in between the Palestinians, and then another strip of Jewish settlements right across the West Bank, so that in 25 years’ time, neither the United Nations nor the United States, nobody, will be able to tear it apart.” ~ Ariel Sharon

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8 thoughts on ““‘Gaza in Context’ Film Takes Aim At Media Coverage of 2014 Gaza Attacks”

  1. Do you know what are the meaning of the two blue stripes over the Israeli flag, my Earthling friend? They represent the two rivers, Nile and Euphrates. That means “the lands between the Nile and Euphrates are the promise lands for the children of Israeli.” Euphrates borns from Turkey, it’s total lenght is 2800 km, and the part which inside the Turkey is 1263 km. It passes from the lands of Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait when it left from Turkey and it and Tigris with together reach to Persian Gulf. So it is very big and valuable water source for Middle East.

    I am telling these, because of to tell how important especially Euphrates river for the region. Also you know where and how big Nile river is. Even if Israel doesn’t accept that the blue stripers don’t symbolise these two river, and even if they said for this describing “it is a conspiracy”, all east knows that these stripes represent these two river and zionism’s aim.

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  2. Yes, I was once a devout Christian, my friend. I even took a couple of entry level theology courses.

    So I am aware of the Tigris and Euphrates.

    Did you know that the star of David is actually a pentagram, which is the symbol for occult Satan worship.

    Israel, what a curse on the people of that part of the world, in particular, and the rest of us as well.

    And most of Israel’s current residents are of Khazarian ancestry, not Hyksos/Hebrew: a truly Semitic people just like Arabs. Most Israelis/Zionists are of Eastern and Central European ancestry: Ashkanazi Jews.

    Most folks around the world know of the U.S. government’s support of Israel. But most folks, even here, do not realize how deeply embedded the Zionists are in every aspect of American culture, business and government; they own and control this country and government.

    Our government is owned and operated by foreign money, from the Rothschild’s and associates to the English royals, to Netanyahu and Tel Aviv.

    What a twisted, hellish world this is, my friend!

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  3. I guess, you have confused in a moment my dear Earthling friend 🙂 You know, star of David has 6 corners and it’s shape is named Hexagram, Pentagram has 5 corners. Actually Pentagram is not “the devil sign” symbol, it is uniqe and represents the 5 elements of the life since ancient Greek. But like many things the meaning of it was changed.

    Recently, I had read an article about the roots of Ashkenazi. According to article the Yiddish language roots are showing the roots of these people. This is naturally because language is the culture and the culture is pointed with the transferable genes. (I hope I could tell what I meant in here) Anyway, Ashkenazi roots are pointed Turkish, Iranian and the Greek-Romen, so the people were on the Khazar and Anatolia lands, last centuries.

    And I made more research and I saw the Khazar Khanate! Upps! This was the one of the 16 Turkish States during the earth history! Republic of Turkey is the 16th. Yes, Turks do have ability establishing and ruling 15 states, but also they do have the ability to destroy 15 states :))

    And in these researches, Ashkenazi people were being linked with Khazar Khanate. It seems also very true, because Khazar Khanate is only one Turkish state which accepts Jew religion at world history.

    Do you remember I had written a post “even Dinosaurs were wiped out by Turks.” Ok, maybe it was written to react against the racism. But self-contradiction situation can be in the next days for myself, becuase of Turks seem that they poke out of almost every stone :))

    I will more reseach about this subject, dear Sojourner and I will write in here without prejudice.

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  4. I can’t find the articles I read years ago. But it made the connection of the five point star to the star of David, the Israeli flag.

    I don’t know about anywhere else, but in the U.S., the pentagram is primarily associated with the occult, devil worship, etc. I didn’t explain that well.

    I would imagine these images have different meanings depending where you are on earth.

    I should have made myself clear.

    Unfortunately, because I am not well at the moment, I am having a hard time making myself clear to anyone, my friend.

    In fact, I am too out of it to explain right now. Sorry, my friend!

    Here are a couple of links on the Khazars:



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  5. I know you’re trying to be well, that’s why I thought you could be in the confusing situation. I am sorry, if I was caused to you spend more effort while you searched again where the information about star of David and pentegram relationship is, my dear Earthling friend.

    And maybe there is the relationship; after all, these two are the connecting with geometric scale and symbolise star view. It can be searched in this point.

    Also, after these post and comments I have tried to find more things about Khazar Khanate. It is exciting! 🙂 I have read some western sources and I saw that these sources mostly tell the Khazar Khanate over religion. I am interested with this subject because I know well the region of Khazar in some points. And now I will read your posts, and I am sure there would be too much things will tell my friend! Interesting things:))

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